Name: Robert Cooperman
What is your current project?
The New York New Works Theatre Festival
Where are you performing it and why is it the right fit for your piece?
We premiere my play “Instaurito” at the NTNW Theatre Festival on 9/8. What’s unique about my piece is that it takes place at a prestigious theatre festival!
What’s next for you?
Staged readings of four of my plays at the Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative on October 25; the Conservative Theatre Festival in Columbus, OH (I will be a represented playwright and am producing the festival) on Jan. 7. 2017.
Who is your biggest inspiration right at this moment and why?
Aside from Gene Fisch, it is a theatre professional from Philadelphia named Cara Blouin. Cara conceived the Republican Theatre Festival in Philadelphia in 2012 and took her lumps for it! But she has inspired me to try my own festival, which will launch in January 2017 in Columbus, OH.
Playwright Robert Cooperman has been involved with theatre for many years, both in his native New York City and in Columbus, Ohio. Last year, he had the honor to have his play “The Flower Stand” be selected for the New York New Works Theatre Festival. This play was also produced as a winner of the Midnight Audio Theatre” script writing competition. This year, his play “Instaurito” will be preented at the New York New Works Theatre Festival. His full-length play, “Kate ‘n’ Spence,” was produced by the Evolution Theatre Company in 2014 and he has had one-acts performed in New York and Columbus, most recently “Shut Up, Mr. Mandelbaum,” which was a winner of the ETC New Playwrights Festival in 2013. Four of Robert’s short plays have been selected for readings at the Cincinnati Playwright’s Initiative this fall. Robert is an Adjunct Professor of English and Theatre at Ohio University, Lancaster where he is working on producing a conservative theatre festival featuring new plays by conservative-leaning artists. He earned his Ph.D. in English (with Drama as a specialty) from The Ohio State University. Aside from his interest in theatre, Robert is a connoisseur of parrots and an avid New York Yankee fan.
Show information (venue, dates, ticket info)
September 8 at the Elektra Theatre (300 W 43rd Street – 2nd Floor). The evening of shows starts at 7 PM.
TIMES SQUARE ARTS CENTRE
300 W 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036 – 2nd Floor
AT 7PM sharp.
*Disclaimer: Please be aware shows performing after 8:30pm may not be suitable for younger audiences. No children under the age of 4 are permitted.
** Please note that tickets can be purchased after 3pm the day of the show at the door are $25.
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